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Suzanne O’Connell lives in Los Angeles where she is a poet and a clinical social worker. Her work can be found in Forge, Atlanta Review, Blue Lake Review, G.W. Review, Reed Magazine, Permafrost, Mas Tequila Review, The Round, The Griffin, Sanskrit, Foliate Oak, Talking River, Organs of Vision and Speech Literary Magazine, Willow Review, The Tower Journal, Thin Air Magazine, Fre&d, The Manhattanville Review, poeticdiversity, The Evansville Review, Serving House Journal, Silver Birch Press, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Licking River Review. She was a recipient of Willow Review’s annual award for 2014 for the poem Purple Summers. She is a member of Jack Grapes’ L.A. Poets and Writers Collective.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Suzanne O’Connell and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
His mind was as cramped as a cough
Worry twisted in his brain.
He opened the Hemispheres magazine,
He closed his eyes and practiced
He tried to imagine himself as a tree,
The Rain Vacation
The language of water isn’t spoken in these parts anymore.
The girl dreamed of what she had never seen—
Her parents remembered the rain
The adults felt sad as they walked around the park.
This is a Poem Holding Its Breath
This is my foot on Billy’s floor.
This is Lloyd’s nose on my pants
What happened to dad’s straw hat?
Brian Wood was born in 1970 and attended the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, receiving a Master’s degree in English in 1994 after putting his professors through hell. After graduating he moved to Vancouver where he worked for Coles and then Indigo. In 2006, he became a literary agent, representing such people as Bob McKenzie, Al Strachan, Brian Kilrea, and James Duthie. He married his publicist, Rachel Sentes, in July 2013. His first book of poems, Winter Walk, was published by Sakura Publishing in November, 2013.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Brian Wood and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Tongues on Fire
Hotter than it should be in May, the air